2003

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1762  Tuesday, 9 September 2003

From:           Graham Hall <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Monday, 08 Sep 2003 15:38:11 +0000
Subject:        Tricky Dicky

Largely unheralded and decidedly buried within the weekly millions of TV
channel listings, BBC 4 transmitted the Globe's Richard II live last
night in the UK. Much will be written no doubt but I was struck by two
factors. First, how different the production appeared on screen - garish
colours, altered sound, weird angles. Second, the choice of a political
commentator/editor to discuss the play's topicality in these troubled
times. (As coincidence would have it, Michael Wood gave his opinion on
the political angle!) I do not pass judgement on these points but merely
reflect upon them.

It is to be hoped that such transmissions or recordings can be made a
more regular feature of the BBC's Arts/drama output. The Globe looked a
treat.

Yours,
Graham Hall

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